Illinois vs. Northwestern: Full Game Preview
|Illinois||B Paul 16.7||N Egwu 4.7||T Abrams 3.5|
|Northwestern||R Hearn 14.1||J Swopshire 6.7||D Sobolewski 4.1|
Illinois travels to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday to take on Northwestern. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EST and it can be seen on Big Ten Network. The Fighting Illini lost to the Wildcats 68-54 on Jan. 17 and are 4-4 against them over the last four years.
Northwestern is in 10th place in the Big Ten and Illinois is in seventh place.
In a 79-59 dismantling of Purdue on Feb. 13, D.J. Richardson put up 18 points for the Fighting Illini. On top of a team-high 1.6 steals per game, he also scores 12.5 points per game. For the Wildcats, Tre Demps finished with 16 points in the 69-59 loss to Ohio State on Feb. 14. He contributes 1.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 7.4 points per game.
Illinois has an advantage in a single key statistical area, scoring, where the Fighting Illini have an edge over the Wildcats, 71 points per game to 63 points per game.
- Illinois has a better record on the road than Northwestern this season (5-3 vs. 3-5).
- AP voters think more highly of Illinois and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Northwestern (116 vs. three).
- Illinois has a better record at home than Northwestern this season (10-4 vs. 8-7).
- Illinois has a potent offense, scoring more points (71.8 per game vs. 63.4 per game) than Northwestern this season.
- Illinois has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($24,554 vs. $54,190).
- Illinois has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (68.5 percent to 38.8 percent).
- D.J. Richardson is ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in three-pointers and 5th in the Big Ten in steals.
- Illinois has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Northwestern ($38,696 vs. $54,190).
- Illinois is a better free-throw-shooting team (72.8 percent vs. 66.0 percent) than Northwestern this season.
- Even computers respect Illinois more. Illinois has a better RPI this season than Northwestern (RPI: No. 25 vs. No. 107).
- Illinois is ranked higher than Northwestern in the Big Ten (No. 7 vs. No. 10).
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